Flat v-drive, 396 BBC, iron heads and block, +/- 10.5:1 CR, max rpm +/-5000, Neovane A-755 (I think) cam driven water pump
Idles and cruises at 120*, gets up to about 160* running it hard. The reason I'm considering a thermostat is once it's up around 160* it doesn't want to idle all that well. I've also read that power and efficiency suffer if the engine is kept too cool. Thinking it might not be a bad idea to add one of those kits Rex sells.
One of my concerns is; will allowing the engine to run warmer possibly cause detonation issues, running 10.5ish :1? (premium pump gas of coarse)
Any thoughts? Pros, Cons?